A midday treat, twice as nice


Grandma, if you’re reading this right now, put the paper down: The chicken Parmesan at Ovvio Osteria (2727 Merrilee Drive, Merrifield, Va.) gives yours a run for your money.

Chef Chris Watson (formerly of Brabo) opened his buzzing trattoria in Halstead Square back in August with a concentration on unadulterated Italian flavors.

In addition to entrees like roasted pumpkin ravioli and weekend brunch offerings such as pork Milanese Benedict, Ovvio Osteria recently added a “quickie lunch” option (Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dine-in only), where for $12 you can select two hearty courses from a rotating menu — often including the chicken Parmesan sandwich.

Watson’s chicken breast filet is crusted in breadcrumbs and cooked to a proper crunch, then topped with freshly made tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It’s served on house-made focaccia with an arugula side salad.

If the sandwich is not available, the classic minestrone soup, the wild mushroom risotto or a sweet Italian sausage pizza will do in its place. But if it is available, I’d recommend ordering two.

Holley Simmons is the dining editor of The Washington Post Express. When she’s not reporting on local restaurants and tastemakers, you can find her sewing a dress from a 1950s pattern or planting a windowsill herb garden. Contact her at holley.simmons@wpost.com.
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